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Postgraduate Course: Higher Education and Society (EDUA11306)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course explores the relationship between Higher Education (HE) and society from the dual perspectives of the ways in which society influences HE and the roles and purposes of HE within wider society.

The course includes an historical exploration of changing views on HE┐s place in society and the purposes of HE. The implications of these historical changes to the nature of HE and its contribution to society are explored and then used to consider current and future issues involving higher education.

Contrasting views on the contemporary relationship between HE and society are considered and students are encouraged to consider this in the context of their own education experience and/or professional practice. Students will be encouraged to consider the extent to which HE should mirror society or provide a place outside mainstream society for thinking ┐otherwise┐ and generating new knowledge.
Course description The course is broadly divided into three broad, but inter-dependent, themes. The course will focus in part on the UK context in which it is based, and which is likely to be the professional and/or educational context of many of its students. However, this will be balanced by exploration of past and present developments in a range of national settings. Students from outwith the UK will be encouraged and supported to relate the course back to their own context.

Historical Exploration: The course begins by looking at the different ways in which HE has been organised, and related to society, over time and in different national contexts.

Theoretical Exploration: Implications of different theoretical perspectives on the nature of the society (including the relationship between social and economic worlds) to understandings of the nature and roles of HE.

Practices, Policies and Beliefs: Higher Education and Society in the 21st Century: This final strand of this course focuses on higher education today and in the future, both within the UK and in other countries.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. ┐ Identify historical changes in the relationship between HE and society and evaluate the theoretical underpinnings of these changes and their influence on the nature of HE and society
  2. ┐ Relate changes in the nature and role of HE to changes in wider society, over time and in different national contexts
  3. ┐ Evaluate the nature of different social and economic theories and their impact upon the nature of HE and its relationship to society
  4. ┐ Assess the major influences on HE in contemporary Britain, and relate these to students┐ own professional practice and/or educational context
  5. ┐ Contrast and evaluate different theories and beliefs about the relationship between HE and society in contemporary society.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Janice Mcarthur
Tel: (0131 6)51 6674
Email: Jan.McArthur@ed.ac.uk
Course secretary
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